He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
As Christians, we have moved kingdoms, we are no longer citizens of the kingdom of darkness or this world, but we are citizens of the kingdom of God. Different kingdoms have different laws and principles that govern how they work. If I move from South Africa to America, I have to learn to change from driving on the left hand side of the road to driving on the right hand side. If I don’t adjust my behavior to match the change in kingdom, I will not get good results. Many Christians are frustrated with their lives because they are trying to live their new life in God’s kingdom using the methods they learned in the world’s kingdom.
In God’s kingdom, economics work differently than in the kingdom of the world. The World’s economics are based on greed and fear, where God’s economics are based on love and our position as God’s sons and daughters.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
You can’t be a cheerful giver until you understand that God is the source of everything in your life and that His supply is infinite. If you fear being without, you will never be able to give freely. Generous giving is a sign of a heart that is fully trusting in God.
Financial principles of God’s kingdom:
- God provides all my needs. (Philippians 4:19)
- It is better to give than to receive. (Acts 20:25)
- God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. (2 Corinthians 9:8-11, Proverbs 11:25-26)
- As I give, it is a seed that will return a harvest many times what I gave. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)
- There is a link between what I give and what I receive. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
- If I give without love, it does nothing for me. (1 Corinthians 13:3)
Some important points to remember as we discuss this topic. My salvation is through the finished work of Jesus on the cross, not in how much I give and God’s love for me is unconditional and not linked to how much I give. The laws and principles outlined above are not works by which I earn anything from God, they are laws and principles that I can cooperate with in the kingdom of God that will enable me to live a victorious life here on the earth. God intends for us to walk in His blessing and for this to be a witness to others and bring Him glory. There is no glory or blessing in poverty or lack, we can’t feed others if we are starving ourselves.